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The Road We Know

(An 88 minute feature documentary in English with some subtitles)

Sexual decisions have deadly consequences. Can a small group of college students from Botswana challenge conventional wisdom about AIDS in Africa to save their generation? THE ROAD WE KNOW explores the impact of HIV/AIDS in Botswana through the efforts of these young adults who boldly advocate for behavior change to save lives. Facing cultural taboos and difficult travel, this small group sets out across the nation for five weeks with three tents, one car, and a radical solution to save lives.

Celebrated as one of the most stable and prosperous of African countries, Botswana is also handicapped by the world’s second-highest HIV infection rate. AIDS has a devastating impact there, where one-quarter of the population is infected. This epidemic has created thousands of orphaned children and reduced the overall life expectancy of Botswana by more than 20 years. Yet, many there won’t often speak about their HIV status or encourage candid conversation about sexual behavior and HIV.

 

But that is changing. Breaking strict cultural taboos, a small group of college-age activists traveled around Botswana for five weeks, speaking at high-school rallies about AIDS and sex to their younger peers, counseling them about the facts of the disease, and urging them to prevent the spread of HIV by limiting their sexual partners.

 

THE ROAD WE KNOW captures the ups and downs of seven of those activists as they traveled through the rural villages and booming mining towns of Botswana in 2009. Through their eyes, viewers learn about the impact of diamond-mining wealth and sugar daddies, the ongoing use of witch doctors and traditional medicine in rural areas, and the stories that motivated the team to get involved.

 

The film captures a moment as the tide began to turn in Botswana. The 2010 UNAIDS Outlook report says for the first time, reductions in HIV prevalence among young people have coincided with a change in sexual behavior patterns. The good news, according to UNAIDS, is that "young people are leading the HIV prevention revolution."

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The Justice Film Festival
New Materials Added Mar 13, 2013

The Justice Film Festival

Our film screened at the Justice Film Festival on February 24th, 2013.

January 26
New Screening Added:

African Bible University

Kampala, Uganda

POLITICO's PLAYBOOK plugs
New Materials Added Jan 13, 2012

POLITICO's PLAYBOOK plugs "Watch the Film, Save a Life"

Mike Allen

Trailer Short Version
New Materials Added Nov 29, 2011

Trailer Short Version

Kenny Interview
New Materials Added Nov 10, 2011

Kenny Interview

Mumbi Interview
New Materials Added Nov 10, 2011

Mumbi Interview

Kez Interview
New Materials Added Nov 10, 2011

Kez Interview

Innocent Interview
New Materials Added Nov 10, 2011

Innocent Interview

New Video Added: Nov 09, 2011

The one-minute version of our trailer.

Group Huddle
New Materials Added Nov 08, 2011

Group Huddle

Tumi Interview
New Materials Added Nov 08, 2011

Tumi Interview

Odi Interview
New Materials Added Nov 08, 2011

Odi Interview

Innocent Dancing
New Materials Added Nov 08, 2011

Innocent Dancing

Innocent Speaking
New Materials Added Nov 08, 2011

Innocent Speaking

Trailer Long Version
New Materials Added Nov 07, 2011

Trailer Long Version

January 26
New Screening Added:

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church

955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068

January 26
New Screening Added:

DocMiami 2011, Cypress Screening Room

Doral Golf Resort & Spa, 4400 NW 87th Ave., Doral, FL 33178

The Road We Know (PDF) by Ezra Claytan Daniels
New Materials Added Nov 02, 2011

The Road We Know (PDF) by Ezra Claytan Daniels

Courtesy Citygate Films 2011

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